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Bhutan: Sun Kosh Hydro-Power Project- Mega Project with Mega Problems;

Paper No. 6529                    Dated 5-Jan- 2020

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

There is no doubt that Bhutan is keen to implement the 2560 MWSun Kosh Mega Project as it will be immensely beneficial to Bhutan’s economy.  I had already referred to this project in paper no. 6489 dated 8th September 2019 and the problems involved in the construction of a big storage dam and consequential problems relating to environment, finance et.

Bhutan:Sunkosh Mega Project- Problems Involved:

Paper no. 6489              Dated 8- Sept-2019

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

In the world today, the controversy between big dams versus small dams, between economic development and environmental protection has not been solved as yet.  Bhutan is no exception with its ambitious 2560 mega reservoir project on the Sun kosh River and its Government sees the project as one of financial and political benefit to the country.

Bhutan: The sad case of Punatsangchhu project 1- Lessons to be learnt

Paper no. 6577 .             Dated 31-July-2019

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

Dr. Pema Gyamtsho, of DPT and leader of opposition raised the issue of Punatsangchhu I in  Bhutan Parliament and suggested that in view of geological problems, mounting debt and expenditure it would be better to hold the project at the current stage. He added more out of courtesy  that no one can be blamed for ‘geological surprises’.  He said that the project due to be completed by 2016 may get extended even to 2024-2025.

Bhutan: Comprehensive National Development Plan 2030-Launched.

Paper No. 6576                       Dated 31- July-2019

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

On 27th June, little noticed but having the potential to have a long-term impact was the launching of a vision document for the next 20 to 30 years for sustainable development and a self-sufficient economy for Bhutan.

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Bhutan: Refugee Issue-all but forgotten?

Paper No. 6573                 Dated 26-July- 2019

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

On the World Refugee Day on June 20th, a few articles appeared in the media about the Bhutanese refugees still remaining in the camps in Nepal and about the ordeals faced by the Refugees before they were settled in third countries.

Bhutan: Potential Impact of an Earthquake:

Paper No. 6571                     Dated 22-July-2019

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Is Bhutan ready for a major earthquake of a magnitude of over 7 in the Richter Scale as it happened in Nepal in 2015?

This is the basis of a study made by a group of Researchers in Bhutan and they have come out with a report titled “Reliance Strategies and Perceptions of the Potential Impacts of Earthquake to Bhutan. 

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Bhutan: New Govt’s Performance in the first 120 Days: A Good Beginning

Paper No. 6418            Dated 31-Mar-2019

By S.Chandrasekharan

The Government led by Dr. Lotay Tshering of DNT had just completed 120 days and it came out frankly with the details of 25 pledges made in their election manifesto and how the Government had fared with the pledges it made.

The communique said that out of the 25 pledges made, the Government implemented 11 of them, another 11 were on track and another 3 not achieved.

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